Urban Housing and Development of Commercial in Rotterdam by MVRDV is actually brilliant. This is what architecture is. Doesn’t matter if you like what it looks like, the idea, concept, form, and decisions from everything down to materials and color make sense to the idea of striving for something more in Urban Housing and Development of Commercial. MVRDV one of the best architect in my opinion, creates this Urban Housing and Development of Commercial building were commercial and housing merge in a wonderful experience. Congratulate to MVRDV and the City.
Urban Housing and Development of Commercial in Rotterdam by MVRDV
To conclude a five year construction process, the markthal in rotterdam is holding its opening ceremony today, featuring an inauguration by queen maxima of the Netherlands. led by developer provast and designed by architecture office MVRDV.
The structure combines two dissimilar program types, composed as a housing building which arches over an indoor market hall. The facility offers public access for eating, drinking, and shopping, while also accommodating 228 apartments featuring externally facing balconies.
As the first covered market hall in the Netherlands, the facility is expected to attract 4.5 to 7 million visitors per year. to promote this, the project’s main intention is to remain very open and accessible to the public.
Although the truncated elevations are physically enclosed for functional purposes, the use of glass curtain walls maintains a character of transparency. an underground parking garage contains 1,200 spaces, to accommodate the projected heavy usage.
The arching housing building contains 102 rental apartments and 126 freehold units, among which 24 are penthouses. each varies in size, from 80 – 300 sqm, while always featuring an external view to the city context and window to the market hall. the partitions are made of sound and smell proof triple glazing to experimentally separate the living units from the food functions.
The building’s surface treatment unites two contrasting elements: a gray natural stone cladding on the exterior facades and a vibrant and colorful mural arching above the market. the latter, by artists arno coenen and iris roskam, is titled ‘cornucopia‘ and features images of produce which are printed on perforated aluminum panels.
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